Suspect charged in triple-fatality crash

Juan Pablo Gandara-Rodela
Juan Pablo Gandara-Rodela

WICHITA, Kansas – Juan Pablo Gandara-Rodela was officially charged after being arrested Sunday under suspicion of a hit-and-run accident that left three dead in west Wichita.

Gandara-Rodela was presented with multiple charges, including three counts of second-degree murder, with alternative charges of involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, and two counts of aggravated battery.

The collision happened around 2 a.m. Sunday in west Wichita. Police say Gandara-Rodela was speeding in an SUV when he ran a red light and struck a car.

The collision killed three passengers in the car, identified as 21-year-old Emily Phillips, of McPherson, and Jake Hallacy and Zachery Taylor, both 26 and from Valley Center. The driver and a fourth passenger were injured.

Gandara-Rodela’s bond was increased to $500,000 by Judge Joe Kisner.

The preliminary hearing for Gandara-Rodela is scheduled for August 14.

To read the story about the circumstances of the accident, click here.

To see the families’ reactions to the accident, click here.